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- it doesn't stop there. some of the signatures have turned up on other ballot initiatives corrigan's been involved with the last few years. - how many initiatives? - seven. four are now california law. - two you actually campaigned for. - those laws could be invalidated, and the state can be plunged into constitutional crisis. - i'm just worried about the little picture-- prosecuting these two murders. we think the fraud is the reason that roland davison killed joyner and his girlfriend. corrigan's obviously involved. he's the one who was profiting. we're still sorting it out. - do that. i have to talk to the attorney general. - let's take another run at davison. - mr. corrigan's fraud goes back years-- hundreds of thousands of phony signatures. we believe this is what derrick joyner discovered and what made him a threat to mr. corrigan and to your prop 128 initiative. - and none of this proves that my client did anything. - it's enough to scare mr. corrigan. and we guarantee you,
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he will throw your client under the bus in a nanosecond. - one way or the other, your client will be tried for these murders. whether he faces the death penalty's up to him. if you wanna live... time to step up. we want corrigan. we're ready to deal for him. - he pleads guilty to two murders-- 15 years each, concurrent. then you get corrigan. - he actually said that with a straight face. - the terms are we drop the death penalty, he takes 30 to life. - that's the only deal you'll get, mr. davison. - i didn't know anything about any phony signatures until corrigan called me. he said joyner had found some irregularities and he threatened to report them. corrigan said that my father would be ruined. - your father knew about the fraud? - no.
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my father... staked his whole reputation on prop 128. any scandal would sink him, the church, all he worked for... and corrigan said that... it was left up to me to stop joyner. i went to his house... and everything went sideways. - you killed him? - [sighs] i lost my temper. then kim walked in... and i panicked. i knocked her out. she was unconscious and bleeding. i didn't know what to do. i called corrigan. he was ten minutes away. he came over.
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and we--we were... we were trying to decide what to do, and before i knew it... he picked up a knife and he stuck it in kim. he killed her. - one lie after another from beginning to end. roland davison wouldn't know the truth if it kicked him in the head. - we have enough evidence to corroborate his statement... starting with the fraud. - it was all joyner and davison. my client had nothing to do with it. - joyner only worked for your client a short time. when the jury hears this fraud's been going on for years, it's game over. - you're assuming a lot, mr. morales. - why? you know something i don't? off-limits? when did this happen? - corrigan reached out to someone in sacramento.
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you can't spend eight years in the ballot initiative business without earning some political pull. - well, let me get this straight. apart from prop 128, i cannot present evidence that corrigan used phony signatures on other ballot initiatives? - that's right. the investigation of those initiatives has been taken over by the attorney general's office. - oh, you mean buried. - i mean avoiding the tsunami of constitutional challenges to the way the state chooses the laws we live by. - oh. just that. you know what this really means, jerry? you and the attorney general have just handed corrigan a defense on a silver platter. - you're overreacting, ricardo. - you watch. - derrick kept saying he had to report it. he said that corrigan had been at it for years-- - objection. move to strike. - sustained. mr. davison, limit your testimony to prop 128. - what else happened at the house? - derrick tried to throw me out. i grabbed him. i had my hands around his neck. i killed him.
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then kim came home. i slammed her against the wall, knocked her out. i was scared. all i could think about was my father, protecting my father. i got derrick's phone. i called ben corrigan. he came over. - and what did you and mr. corrigan do? - corrigan said we couldn't leave a witness. i didn't know what he meant. and all of a sudden, he grabbed a knife and he stabbed kim through the heart. she was dead before i could stop him. - what did you do then? - corrigan told me to hide derrick's body under the house then drive kim's car to union station and take the san diego train to make it look like derrick was on the run. before i left... i saw that... kim didn't have the cross on that she always did.
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i found it in her room... and it put it on her neck. i took the train to fullerton. i threw away derrick's wallet, and i met my father at a charity dinner. - [clears throat] the call on derrick's phone. for all anyone knows, it could have been derrick who made the call to discuss business with his boss. isn't that right? - no. i called corrigan. - so you say. you hoped one day to take over your father's church, correct? - i did once. - but the church you would inherit had fallen on hard times, attendance was down, donations were down? - that's right. - fair to say the reason for the campaign for prop 128 against gay marriage
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was to rally the troops, fill the coffers? - not for my father. he thought it was the right thing to do. - but for you, it was about the money, wasn't it? the power and the prestige of the church that was your birthright. - no. it was about obeying my father. - the more signatures you got on those petitions, the stronger the church would be, the stronger you would be. - that didn't matter. - didn't it? isn't that why you made a deal with derrick joyner? he delivered to you tens of thousands of bogus signatures paid for with hundreds of thousands of donated dollars. - i didn't make a deal. - isn't it reasonable to assume that's what you argued about? money? - that is not why... - you think it more reasonable to take the word of a confessed murderer? - [voice breaks] i'm not-- i'm not...lying. - you've lied before in court. you told a judge you were having an affair
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with derrick joyner's girlfriend. - i'm sorry i lied about that. kim was a good person. - that may be the one true thing you've said today, mr. davison. [footsteps retreat] - you'll only testify about the specifics of your contract with corrigan-- fees, payments, that kind of thing. - what about corrigan's lawyer? he won't play by your rules. - we'll object if he gets off-topic. otherwise, just tell the truth. - your parents must be very proud of you. - i wouldn't be here without their help. - are they churchgoing folks? - yes. every sunday.
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- hmm. what about you? - i try my best. - you have a busy life. it's all right. i have but the one son and... he made a plea bargain to save his life. what if it turns out that, uh, he's lying? - the deal'd be off. he'd be tried for murder and face the death penalty. - [sighs] i see. well... good night, miss price. - yes. that's the contract i signed with corrigan. an - fatwh yoagu e on?ag
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- oh, there were different fees, but it-- it boiled down to... $4.65 for every valid signature he delivered. - thank you. your witness. - reverend, did your son ever tell you there was a problem with the signatures mr. corrigan was gathering? - no. - did he ever tell you "we should keep an eye on mr. corrigan," or, "maybe we shouldn't pay mr. corrigan"? - no. - no more questions. - you may step down. - your honor, judge, i-i'd like to change my answers. i have not told the whole truth. - go on, reverend. - a month before my son committed his crimes,
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i noticed an error in a petition. there was an address that i knew. just six blocks from the church. i-i knew the lady that lived there. lucy merryweather. she--she lived there her whole life. but that wasn't the name on the petition. i noticed other mistakes. i told roland. he said he'd look into it. - and what happened? - a few days later, he... he told me that... he'd straightened everything out with derrick joyner. that it was just, uh... a clerical error. - just a clerical error. in other words, your son and derrick joyner cooked up a lie to cover their fraud. - your honor-- - withdrawn. withdrawn. [quietly] thank you. - your honor, we're gonna need time to prepare for a redirect.
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- very well. we will adjourn until monday morning. - no. it's not true. why would he say that? - he sunk you. he told the jury you knew about the fraud weeks before you said you did. - but i didn't. i didn't find out until later from corrigan. - he made it sound like you and joyner had been conspiring all along. - he played right into corrigan's defense. - why would he do that? - choose corrigan over you? you tell us. is it possible he was in on the fraud with corrigan... from the beginning? - no. my father didn't need to phony up signatures. donations had been flooding in. he said it was like a great faucet had been turned on. all summer, money had been flowing into the church. my father didn't need to cheat. - a great faucet.
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- i should have said something earlier, i but whatdi fwo any.her uld i was just trying to protect my only son. - your son testified that he only found out about the fraud two days before the murders, when mr. corrigan told him. but you testified that he knew at least a month before that. you understand what that means, don't you? - yes. my son lied. - the night before you testified, you asked miss price what would happen to your son if he lied. you remember what she said to you? - yes. that roland's deal would be off. he'd face the death penalty for murder. - the death penalty. because of your testimony the other day. - i had to tell the truth. - "do the right thing." that's what you stand for. it's what your church stands for. - i hope so. - and your church does a lot of the right things. like the promise women's shelter. the lighthouse nursery. - yes. those are all of our projects.
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- and these projects enjoy a great deal of financial support from the community. uh, this donation, for example, from last summer. $20,000 for the promise women's shelter from antoinette dunnet. - well, people are generous, even in hard times. - would it surprise you to learn that antoinette dunnet is one of the phony names from mr. corrigan's petitions? - yes, it would. - well, how about this donation? $5,000 for the lighthouse nursery from hazel mcbride. another phony name off mr. corrigan's petitions. - well, if you say so, mr. morales. - in fact, our auditors found over a thousand donations to your projects using mr. corrigan's phony names totaling $1 million. coincidentally, the same amount that mr. corrigan is accused of defrauding from the prop 128 campaign. - are you asking me a question? - [laughs] you found out a while ago that corrigan was tricking up the petitions.
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- no, i did not. - but instead of reporting him and possibly sabotaging your prop 128 campaign, you squeezed him up for a $1 million donation to your charities. isn't that right? - no, it isn't. - and now, he's squeezing you, so you made up this story about your son and derrick joyner. - isn't that right? that was a question, reverend. - you have a very cynical view of how things are done in my church. - i'm cynical. you marched for civil rights in the '60s, did you not? - yes. with dr. king. - you faced police dogs, fire hoses, beatings. - yes. all for the cause of human dignity. - and here in los angeles, you helped heal the wounds after the watts riots, after the rodney king riots. you even marched with cesar chavez all in the cause of basic human dignity. - yes.
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- but now you puff up your church. you fill your donation plates with a campaign that would deny a whole class of people their civil rights, their basic human dignity. and you think i'm cynical? - mr. morales. - withdrawn, judge. withdrawn. reverend, let me ask you one more question. do you consider yourself and your church so indispensable that you would sacrifice your own son to save it, so save your own skin? - judge... judge, i misspoke the other day. i'm not sure anymore when... or even if...
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i spoke to my son about the mistakes on the petitions. i'm not sure if he said anything to me about derrick joyner. at my age, events become... confused. i'm sorry for wasting the jury's time. - the record will so reflect your amended testimony. anything more, mr. morales? - no, your honor. i'm done. - we the jury find the defendant ben corrigan guilty of one count of murder in the first degree.
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- thank you for your verdict. the court will reconvene tomorrow to consider sentence. captioning by captionmax www.captionmax.com tonight after "law & order" the new video that casts light
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on how the airline dealt with saggy pants.
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next on a special edition of nbc bay area news. the seven-hour stand-off in fairfield that ended in the arrest of two men and the recovery of a homemade pipe bomb. the news starts in 30 seconds.
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the results of a seven and a half hour stand-off? fairfield. we'll have a live report straight ahead. we spoke with one of the dozens of americans headed to gaza on a humanitarian mission to help palestinians. and last year a similar flotilla ended in violence and controversy. new video of the college
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football player pulled off a flight for wearing sagging pants. the news starts right now. good evening, i'm diane dwyer, thanks for joining us for this special edition of nbc bay area news at 11:00. we're on a little late tonight because of the giants/a's game. we begin tonight in fairfield where a stand-off came to an end. the fbi and bomb squad were involved in the stand-off. monty francis has the story. >> reporter: good evening, fairfield police are still here at this hour, searching the home for explosives and bomb making materials. it was a long and tense evening that ended with a big sigh of relief for neighbors when the suspect finally surrendered. >> at 1:00 in the afternoon, police surrounded a home on
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astoria drive in fairfield on a tip that 29-year-old daniel garcia was inside. he was wanted with the combination of a detonation of a homemade bomb on may 27th. no one was hurt in that incident. but just two days ago, police served a search warrant in his home. and found a pipe bomb and other bomb make materials believed to belong to garcia. garcia is a troubled man. >> i haven't seen him for many years. and all of a sudden now, you know, last week, he had the bomb squad and atf and everybody over. >> at about 7:30, garcia's roommate came out of the house and was taken into custody. >> he's a resident and friend of the suspect's. he came out a little earlier, and because of his resistance in the investigation, he is going to be booked in jail. >> finally after 7.5 hours of resisting, garcia came out of the house with his hands on his head, slowly walking backwards
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and gave himself up to police. >> after deployment of tear gas in our house, our suspect surrendered and was taken into custody peacefully. >> garcia faces a charge of use of an skploexplosive device in connection with the may 22nd incident. and he now faces charges of resisting arrest. >> thank you, monty. 50 americans will soon be heading to gaza on what they're calling a humanitarian mission. they'll be aboard the second freedom flotilla hoping to make it to gaza and help palestinians. kimberly terry is in oakland tonight where one of those americans took off. >> henry knows this is a risky trip, but says something needs to be done to bring the world's attention to a region torn apart. >> what it is is a political
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demonstration. >> reporter: he's taking part in the international effort to break the border of israel and gaza. he will fly to new york and then greece where he will board the audacity of hope. it will be one of the ships to make up the freedom of flotillas ii. >> what we saw and the stories we heard, the people we talked to, so powerfully moving to me, and i -- you know, what really -- what people said to us over and over again is tell people -- what we want most from you is tell people what you've seen. tell people what's happening. >> israeli officials are calling the flotilla a provocative act. it will use necessary means to enforce a blockade.
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last year's attempts to break it ended with nine activists killed. knorr says he doesn't want to be a martyr, for him, the risk is worth the cost. >> somehow or another you have to stand up for what you think is right. because -- if you deter from that because they use violence, you're saying the most violent people in the world can always get away with what they want. i'm not going to go there. >> if all goes as planned, the freedom flotilla ii will set sail toward gaza this friday. live in oakland kimberly tere, bay area news. it's been a few weeks since michelle le disappeared from her hospital. family advocates are organizing all the searches for the 26-year-old woman. despite heyward police reclassifying the case as a homicide, they refuse to give up
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hope she's still alive. she was seen last at kaiser hospital where she was doing rounds on course work. marc klass the father of polly klass who was kidnapped and murdered in 1993 is helping to organize the search, they're focusing on the heyward foothills and niles canyon, places where le's phone was pinging on cell towers after she disappeared. even though roe gund search will be over tomorrow, the effort to find le will grow. >> we have this training now, we can get other people in the community later on and say, okay, we're going to go another search again. and here's why we want to do it, here's what leads us to this area. we're planning and it's going to happen, and if we don't get her back tomorrow, the next day we'll be trying again and the next day. we're keeping it up. >> many of the volunteers who have helped have never met le, they just heard about the case and wanted to do anything they could to help her family. problems for united airlines
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will likely continue throughout the weekend. flight delays from that massive computer shutdown stranded thousands of passengers throughout the bay area and the whole world. and delayed or cancelled more than 150 flights. the computers are back up and running, so now the system is trying to catch up from the mess that started last night, when the computers that control all the flight departures all went dark. as a result, passengers were unable to check in, and flights were unable to take off. the airport dudety manager said there was a large number of people who slept in the terminal last night as well. passengers we talked to say they're very frustrated with the lack of information from united. >> i haven't gotten a straight answer from anyone. they're not even willing to listen to your problems or answer your questions. it's like the passengers don't mean anything and it's every man for himself. >> united has not provided any information on what caused the
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computer problem in the first place, except to say it was caused by a network connectivity issue. the twitter feed did say the problem had been fixed. we have more audio tonight of that college football player arrested at sfo this week. 20-year-old deshawn marmin boarded the flight with baggy pants. the flight attendant asked him to pull up his pants, when he refused she called police. in the video on youtube, you can hear him talk together pilot and police officer. >> i didn't do nothing to nobody. i take my seat, the lady that came up to me with a problem. >> you're not listening to me. >> i addressed the problem with the lady. i told her when i sat down everything would be taken care of. i'm sitting down and everything is taken care of. i'm okay, this is all

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